PREVIOUS ARTICLENEXT ARTICLE
NEWS
By 27 October 2009 | Categories: news

0

The Ares I-X, a new rocket that\'s set to replace the Space Shuttle, is due to launch for its first test flight today.
 
The two minute maiden flight of the 100m-long space vehicle from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, will provide crucial information on the rocket required for the development of a manned Ares I craft. The test launch has been scheduled for today between 12:00 and 16:00 GMT. If the weather isn’t favourable enough to allow for this, then NASA has a four-hour launch window each day until Thursday.
 
Its profile is due to the design of its solid rocket booster that looks like the ones the Space Shuttle uses to lift into orbit. The upper half of the rocket, which will eventually house a crew capsule and emergency escape devices, is an imitation on this test model. The rocket has also been fitted with sensors, allowing engineers to monitor all aspects of the test flight, including pressures, accelerations and temperatures.

Ares I-X’s future uses might include a return to the moon for exploration of its surface and then to travel to Mars and further targets.

Image: NASA 

USER COMMENTS

Read
Magazine Online
TechSmart.co.za is South Africa's leading magazine for tech product reviews, tech news, videos, tech specs and gadgets.
Start reading now >
Download latest issue

Have Your Say


What new tech or developments are you most anticipating this year?
New smartphone announcements (23 votes)
Technological breakthroughs (19 votes)
Launch of new consoles, or notebooks (10 votes)
Innovative Artificial Intelligence solutions (16 votes)
Biotechnology or medical advancements (21 votes)
Better business applications (102 votes)